The poll has the Republican state senator leading the former governor and U.S. senator 58 percent to 33 percent, with 7 percent undecided. However, the Kerrey campaign cast doubt on the accuracy of the poll, saying those numbers are “nowhere close” to what other private polls are showing.
“People are just beginning to find out about State Senator Deb Fischer,” Kerrey spokesman Chris Triebsch said. “We are confident that as people learn about her, they aren’t going to like what they see.”
The Fischer campaign said the live telephone survey was conducted Sunday and Monday by Public Opinion Strategies, which it calls a nationally renowned polling firm with a long record of polling for campaigns in Nebraska including Dave Heineman for Governor, Mike Johanns for U.S. Senate, Jeff Fortenberry for Congress, Lee Terry for Congress, and Adrian Smith for Congress. Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 500 likely voters and the poll has a margin of error of 4.38 percent, according to the Fischer campaign.
Two days after Fischer’s dramatic upset of Attorney General Jon Bruning in the primary election, a Rasmussen poll of likely voters showed Fischer leading Kerrey by 18 percentage points, 56 percent to 38 percent.Voters were asked who they would vote for if the election were held that day.
Nebraskans across the state are sending a very clear message that they prefer commonsense conservative Deb Fischer over liberal Democrat Bob Kerrey,” campaign manager Aaron Trost said in a press release. “Senator Fischer represents a welcome change from the career politicians in Washington who have given us record unemployment, trillions in debt, and Obamacare.”
Over the last several months, two superPACs have spent at least a million dollars attacking Kerrey. Kerrey’s supporters argue his critics wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money if they thought Fischer had a 25-point lead.
Reported by Deena Winter, [email protected]
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